- Is your feathery ball genuine?

Over the last 20 years of so I have handled about 30 genuine feathery golf balls and have studied hundreds of photographs of genuine, replica and fake balls. For clarity there is a clear distinction between replicas and fakes. A replica ball is one that has been made to either look or feel like a genuine ball but and has been sold as such...usually at a fraction of the price of a genuine ball. A fake is one that has been made with the intention of passing it of as a genuine ball for monetary gain. I've known of fake balls changing hands for the same amount as a genuine ball, or sometimes at a reduced price so that the buyer thinks they are getting a bargain. Remember the old adage...if it seems to good to be true it nearly always is!

My personal opinion is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with making replica objects, be they golf balls or works of art. By doing so, the individual and the collecting fraternity can gain valuable insights into how the genuine articles were produced. And importantly, the process of making replicas can reveal important details about what to look for when identifying fakes being sold on the open market

Here's my list of top things to look for when determining whether a ball is a genuine feathery golf ball. There are other tell tale signs which I use when determining whether a ball is genuine or fake but I like to keep them quiet. After all I don't want to reveal all my secrets to fakers who might be reading this text.

1. Genuine feathery golf balls weigh almost exactly the same as a modern ball. Many fakes are way to light.

2. Genuine feathery golf balls are very solid..i.e they do not have any give when squeezed in the hand. After all they were constructed with the intention of compressing only when struck with a clubhead moving at close to 100 mph.

3. On a genuine ball you can usually see some strands of thread between the seams ( apart from on genuine balls that retain virtually all of their original paint coverage. The thread is very thick compared to thread used in say modern clothes. If you can see the thread in the seams you can also often see that it is made up of two dozen or so filaments of natural fibres. The thread is usually a very pale colour like straw.

4. ALL genuine feathery golf balls were made using three pieces of animal hide sewn together, namely a centre strip and two "end caps".

5. Genuine feather balls were painted using lead based paint. Nearly all were painted white, though red ones are known. It is conjecture whether they were painted red for playing in snow ( as is often quoted), or for playing courses that might have had fairways covered with lots of white daisy flowers.

6. On all feathery golf balls you can see the "eye stitches" which were inserted to close up the hole in the seam through which the feathers were inserted....but more of this later in the site when I get round to writing about my theories!

Here's a picture of a "dated" feathery golf ball. I do , hoever, have some doubts as to the date given which I will write about on this site in future.

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